I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation Lindsay | Crazy Organized Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Sherry | Savvy Apron
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This mirror was irresistible when I saw it at Good Will. I liked the shape and detail. I knew I could take it from a drab mirror to a fab coastal look. Actually, I did consider a more farmhouse feel but after looking at it for several weeks and then getting the Saltwash paint additive I decided this mirror would become a coastal mirror.
First things first. I taped paper over the mirror and wiped down the frame.
I had a little bit of the Saltwash Beachy aqua paint I mixed up when I worked on my project for the Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest so I used it for the first coat of paint on the mirror. You glob it on and if there are peaks you smooth it down a bit. Let it dry thoroughly. Then I used the DIY Chalk Paint I mixed up in the white. I dry brushed it over the mirror frame.
When the white dried, I sanded the frame down, alternating between using the Mouse and hand sanding. Start with 60 grit and smooth it with 220. Don’t be heavy handed with the sanding.
I took my little brush and brushed away the sandpaper crumbs. Then I wiped off the dust with the tack cloth.
This project was done in no time after the Saltwash dried. After I got the mirror frame free of the dust I waxed it with clear. Then I used the brown wax by Briwax. One thing I have noticed when using Briwax it seems to pull the paint off. For this project I didn’t mind that and that is why I used it.
So you have to be pretty quick and buff it off. I also used the buffer drill attachment to get into the little grooves.
Do you ever work on a project, stand back, look at it and think it needs something else? That is what happened to me. I considered gluing shells on a small section but it didn’t do much for me. That is when I saw the roll of rope that I used on the lamp for last months Thrift Store Upcycle Project.
I grabbed it and put it in one of the grooves. Perfect fit! I decided to use the E6000 glue and hot glue. The hot glue is to get fast adhesion and the E6000 is for durability. I dribbled a small amount of the E6000 and ran a bead of the hot glue and repeated.
For a small number of materials and time, I was able to take a drab mirror to a fab coastal look.
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Mirror with grooved frame Saltwash
Beachy Paint Color White Paint
Sanding Sponge(I wrap sandpaper around it. It is more flexible then a sanding block)
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